Michele Johnson, MD

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Neurosurgery; Director, Interventional Neuroradiology

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Years active at Yale: 1999-present

Dr. Johnson is recognized for her inside-out knowledge of the human body and for her passion in sharing her expertise. Dr. Johnson, the daughter of chemists, received her BA in chemistry at the University of Delaware in 1975 and her MD from Temple University School of Medicine in 1979. This was at the dawn of such noninvasive scanning methods as magnetic resonance imaging and computerized tomography, and Dr. Johnson was hooked on using scans to solve medical mysteries. She came to YSM in 1999 as director of interventional neuroradiology. She has since received a secondary appointment in neurosurgery, and since 2010 has been chief of neuro CT and neuroinvasive procedures. Dr. Johnson examines the entire body, but her specialty is imaging the neck, spine, head, and vascular systems.

Dr. Johnson received a Yale Medical Education Fellowship, in which she focused on interdisciplinary teaching across subspecialties. When teaching students, Dr. Johnson stresses collaboration and creativity. She also pushes radiology trainees to try to look at a two-dimensional image and imagine a three-dimensional one. In 2014, she became professor of diagnostic radiology, surgery, and neurosurgery, becoming the first African-American woman named a full professor at YSM. Dr. Johnson is also a fellow with the American Society of Radiology and vice president of the American Society of Spine Radiology.